EUFEP-Congress 2013

Obesity prevention

12th and 13th of June 2013
Kloster Und, Krems, Lower Austria, Austria

Weight problems and obesity count towards the biggest health challenges oft he 21st century. They represent major risk factors in relation to Diabetes, cardiac cycle disorders, musculoskeletal diseases and cancer. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), obesity and weight problems are ranked fifth highest in the list of death causes – about 2.8 million adults die annually from their consequences.In 2008, about 1.4 billion people were overweight, with 200 million men and 300 million women being obese. In Europe, about 20% of grown-ups are overweight, with approximately one third being obese. This number is not only rising in the industrial countries – the same trend can be observed in the developing countries. If current projections are accurate, a majority of the global population will be obese or overweight by 2030. In the US,obesity is the second-highest cause of avoidable illness and death. This enormous load of disease becomes very noticeable in the added cost for the society. The financial burden is estimated at 290 billion US-Dollars per year in the US, and about 10 billion Euro per year in Germany. Those numbers include medical expenses as well as charges for disability and lost productivity. The high economical strain as well as the social problems make the „obesity-epidemic“ an important public health issue which the health politics of the 21st century will have to face.

2013 EUFEP conference topics:

In light of the importance of this health-related issue, the international EUFEP Conference 2013 will cover the following subject-areas:

  • International and national Strategies to prevent obesity
  • Evaluation of obesity prevention
  • Economic aspects in relation to overweight and obesity

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Elizabeth Waters, Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Public Health Group.

Dr. Tim Lobstein, executive director of the London-based non-profit organization The Food Commission and its sister organization The Food Information Trust. European co-ordinator of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations.

Prof. Boyd Swinburn, Alred Deakin Professor of Population Health and Director of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Day 1 - June 12, 2013

09:15 - 09:30


Opening: Welcome

09:30 - 10:45


Plenum I: Topic: Burden of the disease, possibilities of prevention and the search for new paths



Chair: Prof. Dr. Gerald Gartlehner, MPH



1. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Daniel Weghuber, Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde Salzburg, Paracelsus Privatmedizinische Universität
“Individual Risk estimation and Therapy”



2. Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Waters, Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Public Health Group University of Melbourne
„The effectiveness of interventions intended to prevent obesity in children“



3. Dr. Tim Lobstein, Policy Director
"The International Obesity TaskForce" and previously Director "The UK Food Commission” and “The UK Food Information Trust”:   “Health policies: political aspects”

10:45 - 11:45 


Panel discussion: Topic: "What is wrong with previous approaches?"



Chair: Mag. Michael Koch



with Dr. Petra Burger (Coca-Cola), Tim Lobstein, Bernhard Ludwig (Comedian), Rita Kichler (FGÖ)

11:45 - 13:00 


Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:15


Session 1: Topic: How can we obtain evidence for obesity prevention?



Chair: Prof. Dr. Gerd Antes



1. Dr. Peter Craig, Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government Health Directorates
“Methodological requirements for obesity prevention studies as complex interventions”



2. Jvo Schneider, MSc., Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz
„The Cantonal Intervention Programme, accomplishments and challenges with the integration of evidence-based knowledge and evaluation of an obesitey prevention program"

13:00 - 14:15


Workshop for Stakeholders

14:15 - 14:45 



14:45 - 16:00


Session 2: Topic: Who is responsible for the obesity pandemic?



Chair: Prof. Dr. Petra Warschburger



1. Dr. Garrath Williams, Universität Lancaster
„Obesity prevention: Dividing responsibilities for action“



2. Elisabeth Jäger, Adipositas Selbsthilfegruppe Österreich
„Requirements and expectations towards interventions for obesity prevention from the perspective of those concerned as well as those stigmatized and discriminated against."



World Café 



World Café at the Evening Event
a) Political vs. personal responsibility
b) Can obesity programs cause eating disorders?
c) Discrimination of obese human beings
d) Fat & Fit
e) Children and the battle against obesity: Growing up in a consumer-centered society


Day 2

June 13, 2013

09:15 – 10:15


Plenary II: Topic: Facilitating healthiness



Chair: Prof. Dr. Kurt Widhalm



1. Prof. Dr. Boyd Swinburn, University of Auckland, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, Alfred Deakin Professor of Population Health und Co-Direktor der WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention an der Deakin University in Melbourne: “Policy-based primary prevention approaches”



2. Dr. Wencke Gwozdz, Copenhagen Business School: „Effectiveness of Food and Beverage Taxes in general and the current example of the Danish food tax on saturated fat“



3. Univ. Prof. Dr. Anita Rieder, Medizinische Universität Wien, Institut für Sozialmedizin, Zentrum für Public Health: „The healthy choice should be the easier choice“

10:15 – 10:45


Panel discussion with experts

10:45 – 11:15 



11:15 – 12:30 


Session 3: Topic: Causal research



Chair: Prim. Prof. Dr. Karl Zwiauer 



1. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens, Universität Bremen und Leibniz - Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie - BIPS: “IDEFICS – the influence of nutrition and lifestyle on the obesity risk of children"



2. Sanne Gerards, MSc., Maastricht University: „What do we know about parenting to prevent childhood obesity“

12:30 – 14:00


Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:00


Poster Presentations

14:00 – 15:15


Session 4: Topic: The healthy Appetite



Chair: Mag.Christina Kien



1. John Blundell, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds: “Appetite regulation and obesity: can we control energy balance?”



2. A. Univ. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger, Universität Salzburg: "Healthy obese individuals - psychological control of healthy eating and exercise behavior?"

15:15 – 15:45



15:45 – 17:00


Session 5: Topic: How Kids maintain a healthy weight (or don't)



Chair: Prim. Dr. Johannes Püspök



1. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred J. Müller, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Humanernährung und Lebensmittelkunde: „Is obesity prevention for children and teenagers possible?“



2. Mag. Ludwig Grillich, Donau-Universität Krems: „Evaluation of the results found with the obesity-prevention program "Durch Dick und Dünn"

17:00 - 17:30





1. Dr. Ardelt-Gattinger, Mag. Ludwig Grillich, Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens, Mag. Karin Lobner

ca. 17:30                                        


Farewell and end of congress


Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Ahrens
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerd Antes
Elisabeth Jäger
Prim. Dr. Johannes Püspök
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Anita Rieder
Dr. Franz Schramm
Mag. Dr. Werner Schwarz
ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. univ. Hermann Toplak
Prof. Dr. Petra Warschburger
Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Karl Zwiauer



Kloster Und

Kloster UND in Krems boasts of 400 years of history. Today, the historical venue offers pleasure, life-style, art and culture. The unique location is an event in itself: The Moerwald Kloster UND restaurant, the Noitz wine store, and the impressive church nave offer excellent premises for various events. For further information on Kloster UND please refer to

Krems, Wachau Danube valley

The stunning Wachau valley (World Cultural Heritage) will set the stage for a memorable evening. Further information will be published in the main program.
A lot of Information about the city of Krems, the various museums and its wonderful landscape can be found here: City of Krems